Tuesday, January 03, 2017

France: H5N8 Spreads To 8th Department - 89 Outbreaks Total


For the first time since the HPAI H5N8 outbreaks began in French poultry a month ago, a department outside of the already hard-hit southwest of France, is reporting outbreaks.

Deux-Sèvres, located in the west of France, is reporting two outbreaks; in a backyard flock in Fors, and a larger La Chapelle Baton farm containing 4650 ducks.

Across greater Europe, the latest tally of outbreaks (in poultry & wild birds) now exceeds 720 since the virus first arrived in October. 

Avian Influenza: France in the home monitoring

03/01/2017 avian influenza
© Pascal Xicluna / Min.Agri.Fr

In France

Situation at January 3, 2017: 89 H5N8 outbreaks in farms and 5 cases in wildlife confirmed and communicated.

List of homes in the departments

  • Landes: 17 homes
  • Tarn: 8 homes
  • Gers: 45 households
  • Lot-et-Garonne: 7 homes
  • Hautes-Pyrénées: 5 homes
  • Pyrénées-Atlantiques: 3 homes
  • Aveyron: 2 homes
  • Deux-Sèvres: 2 homes
  • On January 2, an outbreak was confirmed in La Chapelle Baton on a farm in 4650 ducks
  • On 31 December, an outbreak was confirmed in Fors in a backyard 21 hens.
List of outbreaks in wildlife
  • Pas-de-Calais: 1 home
  • Haute-Savoie: 2 homes
  • Tarn: 1 home
  • Channel: 1 home


Since the latter situation December 26 on, 57 new outbreaks of HPAI H5N8 subtype were reported in Europe (European Union plus Switzerland):

- in France (23 breeding foci)
- Poland (10 outbreaks in livestock)
- Germany (breeding 6 homes)
- and Hungary (5 households with a wild).

The virus has also been detected recently in Slovakia (in Bratislava galliformes breeding) and Ireland (in Wexford County in a widgeon).

The total number of outbreaks and cases reported continues to increase and is now 724 (compared to 667 last week) including 351 in wild birds (57 species affected), 364 and 9 in farms of captive birds (Tables 1 & 2).

For more information: ESA Platform

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